American Orthodoxy and Parish Congregationalism

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Gorgias Press LLC, 2006 - Religion - 234 pages
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"Orthodox ecclesiology consistently requires all authority in the church must be expressed in and flow from the bishop. This unity of authority, based upon the laying on of hands, is the lived expression of the oneness and catholicity of the church. American Orthodoxy, however, does not have such an authority structure, especially on the parish level. In the parish, the normal structure of authority is congregationalist; that is, authority is split between a spiritual authority coming from those who are ordained (the clergy) and a material authority wielded by the unordained (the laity). This study explores the divergence of practice from doctrine in the American church in three steps."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

The Theology and Practice of Church Structure
1
A Definition of the Issue
2
The State of the Question
3
The Value of the Question
6
Methodology
8
A Canonical Excursus
10
Unity in Authority Ecclesiology
17
Unity and Catholicity in the Church in Transition
23
The Place of the Canons in Jurisdictional Laws
82
SupraParish Governance in Jurisdictional Laws
84
Parochial Governance in Jurisdictional Laws
99
Moral Absence of the Hierarchy
113
The Toth Movement
147
Lay Societies
167
Greek Lay Societies
178
Summary of the Causes of Congregationalism
185

Unity and Catholicity in the Expanded Church
33
Unity and Catholicity in the Modern Era
46
Unity and Catholicity in Eucharistic Ecclesiology
60
Conclusion
70
Disunity in Authority Present Practice
73
Congregationalism In Orthodoxy An Analysis
187
Conclusions
202
Bibliography
211
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Nicholas Ferencz is an adjunct professor of religion at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania.

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